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BibleGateway: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

ESV Text: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

KJV Text:

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     1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 483:
God of the Prophets

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1. God of the prophets, bless the prophet’s sons; 
Elijah’s mantle o’er Elisha cast. 
Each age its solemn task may claim by once; 
Make each one nobler, stronger, than the last. 

2. Annoint them prophets. Make their ears attent 
To Thy divinest speech, their hearts awake 
To human need, their lips make eloquent 
To gird the right and every evil break. 

3. Annoint them priests. Strong intercessors, they, 
For pardon and for charity and peace. 
Ah, if with them the world might, now astray, 
Find in our Lord from all its woes release! 

4. Annoint them kings; aye, kingly kings, O Lord. 
Annoint them with the Spirit of Thy Son. 
Theirs not a jeweled crown, a blood-stained sword; 
Theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won. 

5. Make them apostles, heralds of Thy Cross; 
Forth may they go to tell all realms Thy grace. 
Inspired of Thee, may they count all but loss 
And stand at last with joy before Thy face.